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Poster: cine-quest Date: Jun 3, 2010 4:04am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959) - PD Status

Is 'Terror in the Midnight Sun' (1959) (aka Rymdinvasion i Lappland) in the Public Domain?

http://www.archive.org/details/terror_in_the_midnight_sun

There was an Archive forum post from 2005 or so which said that is was taken offline due to a copyright dispute, but it's been back online for quite a while now - has that dispute been resolved adequately? - Anyone know who the party claiming copyright was?
(SomethingWeird Video, who does a lot of PD stuff, puts this out on dvd along with the heavily re-edited and recut version 'Invasion of the Animal People')

Does anyone have any firm information on specific registrations or renewal notices for this film (specifically for the US theatrical release title 'Terror in the Midnight Sun' version) ?

Thanks

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 3, 2010 10:38pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959) - PD Status

That's a good question. About a year ago I was going to upload "Invasion Of The Animal People" but I refrained from that because I was told it was copyright. It would stand to reason if that one is copyright then the original version might be as well. But I would want to look into that further before I'd flag it.

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Poster: HektorT Date: Jun 6, 2010 3:49am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959) - PD Status

There are a number of inconsistencies with this film. Rotten Tomatoes says there are two versions of the film, one having a slightly different plot.

The copyright registration was filed in 1990 for the film (i.e. it is found in the online search with that date as the registration date, but it is not included in the Copyright records for 1959 - 1965). The registration says that the notice states 1963 and the publication date was 1965. But IMDB states the USA publication date of the extended version as 1962.

Most likely one version was published in 1962 and the other in 1965. In any case for the 1962 release the notice cannot have post dated the publication date or it would be invalid and the registration would have needed to be timely.

For a version published in 1965, then maybe it is copyright and that is the subject of the Medallion films version that is copyrighted and found in the online database.

If you search this forum you will see that Video Cellar says it is copyrighted and renewed, but he refers to the Medallion version


This post was modified by HektorT on 2010-06-06 10:49:32

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Poster: cine-quest Date: Jun 6, 2010 7:07am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959) - PD Status

HektorT-
If I am reading the info in your post correctly, then it looks like the only registrations on record are for the reworked 'Invasion of the Animal People' version & not the original 'Terror in the Midnight Sun' version.

The original film was the 1959 Swedish version 'Rymdinvasion i Lappland' which was theatrically released unchanged & intact in the USA under the English title 'Terror in the Midnight Sun' & 'Horror in the Midnight Sun' (I'm not sure if it was released simultaneously in Sweden & the US or at different times).

Ultra-sleaze distributor Jerry Warren then made his own version by taking the original film, re-editing and extending it by adding extra (silly & non-coherent) scenes with John Carradine and released it under the title 'Invasion of the Animal People'. (Not sure if the release date was '62 or '65 - date info is conflicting)
'Animal People' is the version that appears to be the one covered in all the Medallion registrations on record - which makes sense since Warren could claim a different copyright based on the new scenes & re-edited story structure.

But as to the original unedited film version embodied by 'Rymdinvasion i Lappland' / 'Terror in the Midnight Sun', I can't find any registrations or references at all for it in the available post-1978 records online - so the remaining question is, does anyone know if there are any pre-1978 registrations or renewals on record in the offline catalog documents that would be applicable covering the original versions?

Thanks

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Poster: HektorT Date: Jun 6, 2010 10:48am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959) - PD Status

I agree with you on the versions. Publication dates for different countries are available on IMDB.

No US copyright registration for any of the titles you listed in 1959 - 1965

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Poster: cine-quest Date: Jun 6, 2010 11:26am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959) - PD Status


HektorT- A big 'THANK YOU' for the info! - much appreciated

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 7, 2010 6:04pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959) - PD Status

I guess that means it can stay, which is fine by me. I thought the monster scenes were well done. Way better than the Warren version.

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